Legal Responsibility for the Division of Prevention
and Early intervention
Federal: Title XX, Social Security Act
Federal: Title IV-B, Part 2, Social Security Act
State: Texas Family Code, 264.301 also Chapter
265 – created through SB1574 below
State: Senate Bill 1574, 76th Legislature
State: Human Resources Code, 40.0561
The Division of Prevention and Early Intervention
PEI was created to consolidate prevention and early intervention programs within the jurisdiction of a
single state agency. Consolidation of these programs is
intended to eliminate fragmentation and duplication of
contracted prevention and early intervention services for
at-risk children, youth, and families.
Community Youth Development (CYD)-The CYD program contracts with community-based
organizations to develop juvenile delinquency prevention programs in ZIP codes with high
juvenile crime rates. Approaches used by communities to prevent delinquency have included
mentoring, youth employment programs, career preparation, youth leadership development and recreational activities. Communities prioritize and fund specific prevention services according to local needs. CYD services are available in 15 targeted Texas ZIP codes.
Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR)-The STAR program contracts with community agencies to
offer family crisis intervention counseling, short-term emergency respite care, and individual and family counseling. Youth up to age 17 and their families are eligible if they experience conflict at home, truancy or delinquency, or a youth who runs away from home. STAR services are available in all 254 Texas counties. Each STAR contractor also provides universal child abuse prevention services, ranging from local media campaigns to informational brochures and parenting classes.
Texas Families: Together and Safe-TFTS funds evidence-based, community-based programs
designed to alleviate stress and promote parental competencies and behaviors that increase the ability of families to become self-sufficient and successfully nurture their children. The goals of TFTS are to: improve and enhance access to family support services; increase the efficiency and effectiveness of community-based family support services; enable children to remain in their own homes by providing preventative services, and to increase collaboration among local programs, government agencies, and families.
Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention- The CBCAP program seeks to increase community awareness of existing prevention services, strengthen community and parental involvement in child abuse prevention efforts, and encourage families to engage in services that are already available. CBCAP funds a variety of contracts with community based organizations to provide child abuse and neglect prevention services. These include the Relief Nursery, Family Support and Rural Family Support programs, as well as various special initiatives and public awareness campaigns.
Family Strengthening - A variety of Family Strengthening services, available across the state, have
been evaluated and proven to effectively increase family protective factors. These services are designed to increase the resiliency of families and prevent child abuse and neglect. Programs must also foster strong community collaboration to provide a continuum of family services.
Youth Resiliency - Youth Resiliency Programs provide services proven to increase protective
factors for youth. A variety of services are available across the state designed to increase
youth resiliency and prevent juvenile delinquency. These programs must foster strong community collaboration to provide a continuum of services for participating youth.
Community Based Family Services - This program serves families who were investigated by
CPS but whose allegations were unsubstantiated, through community and evidence-based services. Services include home visitation, case management, and additional social services to provide a safe and stable home environment.
- Tertiary Child Abuse Prevention - Community-based, volunteer-driven prevention, intervention,
and aftercare services are provided for children who are or have been, or who are at risk of being, abused and/or neglected. The goals of the program include reducing child maltreatment and the number of families re-entering the Child Protective Services
system. Additional goals are to improve the quality and availability of aftercare services for abused children and enhance a statewide network of tertiary child abuse prevention programs.
- Statewide Youth Services Network- The Statewide Youth Services Network contracts provide community and evidence-based juvenile delinquency prevention programs focused on youth
ages 10 through 17, in each DFPS region.
- Texas Youth and Runaway Hotlines-The toll-free Texas Runaway Hotline and the Texas
Youth Hotline offer crisis intervention, telephone counseling, and referrals to troubled youth and families. Volunteers answer the phones and interact with callers facing a variety of problems including family conflict, delinquency, truancy, and abuse and neglect issues. The program increases public awareness through media efforts that may include television, radio, billboards and other printed materials.
Prevention and Early Intervention - Expenditures and Staffing as of 12/29/2011
Staff Cost $1,104,864.13
Total Staff 22.8
Contracted Services $37,274,549.18
|PEI Programs - Contracted||FY 2011 Expenditures||Percent of Total|
|Services to At-Risk Youth||$19,006,161.97||52.5%|
|Community Youth Development||6,518,271.78||18.0%|
|Texas Families: Together and Safe||2,984,846.19||8.3%|
|Family Strengthening Program||2,482,187.24||6.9%|
|Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention||739,781.64||2.0%|
|Community-Based Family Services||448,242.52||1.2%|
|Statewide Youth Services Network (SYSN)||1,958,818.72||5.4%|
|Tertiary Child Abuse Prevention||108,390.17||0.3%|
|Training and Technical Assistance||65,000.00||0.2%|
|FY 2011 Expenditures||Percent of Total|
|Texas Runaway and Youth Hotlines||268,996.08||0.7%|
|Fiscal Year||Average Monthly - Youth Served||Annual Number -
STAR (Services To At-Risk) Youth by Presenting Problem Fiscal Year 2011
|Presenting Problem||Number of Youth||Percent of Total|
|State Jail Felony Offense||38||0.1%|
|Youth Under 10 Delinquent||523||1.7%|
Community Youth Development (CYD) Youth Served
by Fiscal Year
|Fiscal Year||Average Monthly - Youth Served||Annual Number -
Community Youth Development (CYD) Average Monthly Clients Served
Fiscal Year 2011
|City||Zip Code of Site||County||Average Unduplicated
Youth Served per Month
|El Paso||79924||El Paso||600|
Texas Youth and Runaway Hotlines Incoming Calls by Fiscal Year
|Fiscal Year||Texas Youth &
*In prior fiscal years calls were forwarded from STAR program when STAR program operators were absent or unavailable. Beginning in fiscal year 2009, the STAR program was required to have staff available at all times so calls were no longer forwarded and therefore not included in the Runaway Hotline counts.
**Fiscal Year 2009 call data from the Youth hotline 1-800-98YOUTH is incomplete and missing due to a reporting malfunction (number was omitted from Vendor's online reporting system).
Characteristics of Hotline Callers Fiscal Year 2011
Number of Families (Primary Caregivers) Served in the Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Programs by Fiscal Year
Total Families Served: 3,833
|Unduplicated Families Served by Program||2009 Number||2009 Percent||2010 Number||2010 Percent||2011 Number||2011 Percent|
|Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP)||699||13.8%||372||6.4%||461||12.0%|
|Community-Based Family Services (CBFS)||110||2.2%||337||5.8%||280||7.3%|
|Texas Families: Together and Safe (TFTS)||3,040||59.8%||3,410||58.8%||2,110||55.0%|
|Family Strengthening Program (FSP)||1,200||23.6%||1,616||27.9%||938||24.5%|
|Tertiary Child Abuse Prevention (TPP)||32||0.6%||61||1.1%||44||1.1%|
Characteristics of Families (Primary Caregivers) Served
Fiscal Year 2011
Primary Caregivers Ethnicity
|Primary Caregivers Race/Ethnicity||CBCAP||CBPS||TFTS||FSP||TPP||Total||Percent|
Primary Caregivers Gender
|Primary Caregivers Gender||CBCAP||CBPS||TFTS||FSP||TPP||Total||Percent|
Primary Caregivers Age Group
|Primary Caregivers Age Group||CBCAP||CBPS||TFTS||FSP||TPP||Total||Percent|
Number of Youth Served in the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Programs By Fiscal Year
Unduplicated Youth Served
|Program||2009 Number||2009 Percent||2010 Number||2010 Percent||2011 Number||2011 Percent|
|Services to At Risk Youth (STAR)||29,406||51.6%||30,042||54.8%||30,168||53.2%|
|Community Youth Development (CYD)||19,390||34.0%||17,799||32.5%||19,731||34.8%|
|Statewide Youth Services Network (SYSN)||6,548||11.5%||5,513||10.1%||5,720||10.1%|
|Youth Resiliency Program (YRP)||1,654||2.9%||1,445||2.6%||1,066||1.9%|
Characteristics of Youth Served in the Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Programs, Fiscal Year 2011
Prevention and Early Intervention Performance Outcomes, Outputs and Efficiencies by Fiscal Year
Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Programs
|Community Youth Development (CYD)||2008||2009||2010||2011|
|Percent of CYD Youth Not Referred to Juvenile Probation||98.0%||97.8%||98.3%||98.8%|
|Annual number of youth served||18,074||19,390||17,799||19,731|
|Average monthly number of CYD youth served||4,563||5,668||5,930||6,158|
|Average monthly cost per CYD youth served||$138.97||$84.06||$75.14||$82.77|
|Statewide Youth Services Network (SYSN)*||2008||2009||2010||2011|
|Annual number of youth served||1,530||6,548||5,513||5,720|
|Average monthly number of SYSN youth served||1,210||3,232||3,099||3,126|
|Average monthly cost per SYSN youth served||$98.41||$51.76||$51.73||$52.94|
|Youth Resiliency Program(YRP)||2008||2009||2010||2011|
|Annual number of youth served|
|Average monthly number of YRP youth served||729||707||694||547|
|Average monthly cost per YRP youth served||$243.44||$224.03||$213.95||$224.83|
Child Abuse/Neglect Prevention Programs
|Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP)||2008||2009||2010||2011|
|Annual number of families served||506||699||372||461|
|Average monthly number of CBCAP families served||134||163||130||141|
|Community-Based Family Services (CBFS)**||2008||2009||2010||2011|
|Annual number of families served||N/A||110||337||280|
|Average monthly number of CBFS families Served||N/A||51||99||82|
|Texas Families: Together and Safe (TFTS)||2008||2009||2010||2011|
|Annual number of families served||3,136||3,040||3,410||2,110|
|Average monthly number of families served by TFTS Program||1,061||991||1,087||573|
|Average monthly cost per family served in the TFTS Program||$289.49||$275.62||$249.52||$433.71|
|Family Strengthening Program (FSP)****||2008||2009||2010||2011|
|Annual number of families served||1,337||1,200||1,616||938|
|Average monthly number of served by Texas Families Program||511||507||666||250|
|Average monthly cost per family served in the Texas Families Program||$378.78||$267.07||$337.06||$945.92|
|Tertiary Child Abuse Program***||2008||2009||2010||2011|
|Annual number of families served||N/A||32||61||44|
|Average monthly number of served by Tertiary Families Program||N/A||9||17||14|
Child Abuse/Neglect and Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Programs
|Services to At-Risk Youth (STAR)||2008||2009||2010||2011|
|Percent of STAR Youth with better outcomes 90 days after termination||86.9%||88.7%||87.3%||87.7%|
|Annual number of youth served||32,163||29,406||30,042||30,168|
|Average monthly number of youth served||5,875||5,468||6,116||6,438|
|Average monthly cost per STAR youth served||$297.89||$299.95||$287.90||$246.38|
* Statewide Youth Services Network provided services for only three months in FY08. The monthly average count is based upon those three months of service.
** The Community-Based Family Services (CBFS) Program began in FY09 and served clients for five months during the fiscal year. The average monthly count is based upon the five months of service.
*** The Tertiary Child Abuse Program began in FY09 and served clients for ten months during the fiscal year. The average monthly count is based upon the ten months of service.
****The Family Strengthening Program (FSP) cancelled 3 contracts during FY11, which resulted in a change from previous fiscal years. FY 11 was the first year of the procurement and due to start up of new programming; the achievement was lower than previous fiscal years.